FARMERS are being warned they could face a fine for dumping dead animals after four sheep carcasses were found in Swadlincote.
Controls were introduced under Animal By Production Regulations to reduce the risk of disease spread following the outbreak of BSE.
Farm animal carcasses must be disposed of in a manner required by the legislation at an approved renderer or incinerator at the cost of the farmer, which could be up to £100 per animal.
Derbyshire County Council has dealt with several incidents in the last three months including four dead sheep dumped in a layby at the side of Repton Road.
This was a marked increase on the previous year when there were just four reports of dead animals being dumped throughout the whole of 2011.
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The controls were introduced to protect the health and safety of the public by preventing the spread of disease and we have a duty to enforce them.
“It is likely that these incidents have occurred in an attempt to save money in difficult economic times but those responsible are breaking the law and could face a fine and imprisonment.
“The owner of the land where the carcasses are dumped not only faces the grim discovery, but may also be responsible for disposal.
“I would urge responsibility in the disposal of dead livestock in accordance with the law and anyone who knows of carcasses being dumped to report it.”
Anyone who has concerns about animal carcasses not being disposed of correctly or who requires advice should contact Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058.